The Buddha's Path to Enlightenment

The Buddha's Path to Enlightenment
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  • Your son will either be a mighty king or a religious leader
  • My son will be a mighty king! I will make sure of it!
  • Prince Siddhartha Gautama was born in 563 BC. His father, the king, met with a fortune tell to find out his fortune. The fortune teller predicted he was going to become a mighty king or a religious leader. 
  •    I don't want to do this anymore, it is very bad for me.    
  • Sidd was raised thinking the there was no suffering. He grew up with  wealth and luxury in his palace. The prince  never saw any sadness, illness, old people, or suffering. Whenever Siddhartha left the palace guards followed him to insure he never saw any of those things
  • Finally, sidd left the palace on his own without telling anyone, they only person with him was his driver. He was 29 when he saw the four passing sights, an old man, an ill man, a deceased man, and finally the sad family members of the dead man.
  • To reach enlightenment you need to find the middle way, understand the four noble truths and complete the eightfold path.
  • Prince Siddhartha searched for the truth and began begging for food and slept in many different shelters such as a cave or under a tree. He started to study Hindu gurus, they taught him the cycle of life and self-denial. He was very sick from denying himself food, water, shelter, and showers. He decied that this wasn't good for him and stopped the practice of self-denial.
  • As Sidd's strength returned he renewed his search of the truth. Siddhartha began to meditate under the tree of knowledge and after 49 days of mediation, he relized the truth. Sidd had escaped from whatever tied him to the world and achieved enlightenment.
  • Siddhartha freed himself from the cycle of life, and came back to the world to teach others what he had learned for the next 45 years. Sidd's purpose was to awaken the world with the truth about suffering and how to escape the cycle of life.
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